How to Format External Hard Drive for PC

External hard drives are of great help when you are looking to expand your storage space. However, you can’t begin transferring data from your PC to an external hard drive after taking the hard drive out of the box. You will have to format the external hard drive in order to make it compatible with the operating system installed on your PC. By formatting your external drive, all the non-physical errors on the drive will also be fixed. So, let’s find out how to format the external hard drive for PC.

1.  Start off with plugging your hard drive into the PC, which you can by inserting the USB cable connected with the hard drive into the USB port on your computer. If the CPU doesn’t have a USB port on the front side, then there will definitely be a couple available at the back.

2.  Turn on your computer, then click the ‘Start’ button that is given on the bottom left corner of the screen. You can press the ‘Windows’ button on the keyboard to open the ‘Start’ menu.

3.  In the ‘Start’ menu, you will have to click the option labeled as ‘This PC’. Alternatively, if you have a shortcut to ‘My Computer’ on the desktop, you can double click on that icon, as both will open the same page.

4.  Click the external hard drive’s name, which you can find under ‘Devices & Drives’ heading. When you click the drive, it will be selected.

5.  Now, you will have to click the ‘Manage’ tab, which you can find at the top-left side of ‘This PC’ Window.

6.  You will see an icon named ‘Format’ in the ‘Manage’ toolbar near the top of the screen. When you click ‘Format’, a format window will open for the external hard drive.

7.  Click ‘File System’ box, which you can find beneath ‘File System’ near the top of the page. When you do so, a drop-down menu will appear with the following options:

a.  FAT32: Works on Windows & Mac, but comes with a storage limit of 32 GB with an individual file size of 4 GB.

b.  NTFS: The file system is only used for Windows-only drives.

c.   exFAT (Recommended): Select this file system for hard drives that you wish to use with multiple devices. The file system is similar to FAT32 but doesn’t come with a storage limit.

8.  Select a format that you would like to use the hard drive with. If you’ve formatted the hard drive before, then you will have to check the box corresponding to ‘Quick Format’ option.

9.  Now, click ‘Start’ and then ‘OK’ in order to initiate the process of hard drive formatting. All the files that are stored in your external hard drive will be erased during the process.

10.  Click ‘OK’ when prompted. Your external hard drive is now formatted to your selected file structure. You can now begin with data transfer from your PC to the external hard drive.

This was the entire process of how to format external hard drive for PC. It is a straightforward process, which can be done without taking anybody’s help, as you just need to follow the aforementioned steps in the same order in which those are given.  

Troubleshooting tips for fixing your own computer

In today’s world of computers, almost everyone needs one and several have multiple. It is just common sense that you are going to have problems with them. As someone who has worked on computer support, I can give you some tips on following the best programs and procedures to use to eliminate those headaches.

  1. If you are running a version of Windows, keep an antivirus program. If you are short on cash, you can get a great free one called Avast. It will update automatically and you should be asked to scan your machine every week. If you are a heavy user or a lot of people download the file, do it weekly.
  2. Get a program that targets malware. Viruses aren’t the only bad thing out there. And software for getting viruses is not very good for getting other nasties, or simply not getting them. I propose a program called Malverbits that is free. This is a great program that gets rid of a lot of small bandwidth and resource sucking programs residing in your machine.
  3. If your computer starts lazy and the two programs above still don’t fix it, get a program called Slayer. It’s great to help you delete unnecessary files and stop programs running on startups that you don’t even use. This one is free.

Pay attention to your computer. If it starts to get sluggish, don’t blame your internet provider or the store you bought the machine from. Do some basic cleanups first. If you are on the Internet, you are at risk of all sorts of dangerous files that will use your resources for their own gain. Get rid of these programs and revitalize your computer.

Cost of buying an iPad versus renting

No doubt iPads are great tools for meeting planners who want to add interactivity to their events. These are an ideal solution for running conference applications, holding paperless meetings, or for point-of-sale solutions.

While renting an iPad at a conference certainly costs a lot less than buying a new unit, what’s the point of renting in bulk or in the long run? In this situation, would it be better for you to buy the units? What really happens to own a large number of iPads and reuse them in multiple events?

Buying an iPad might be best for you …

You have been planning to use them for multiple years
If you want a brand new device, fresh out of the box
You want to mix and match specific colors
Your team has time to handle logistics (customization, shipping, and security)
You want to offer iPads as rewards after the event

Renting iPads might be best for you …

You want to save money compared to the expense of buying them
You do not have the time or space to handle shipping and logistics
You want professional customization on a large number of iPads
You want easy options for onsite setup and support
You need 4G data and don’t want to deal with managing those data plans
You want 24/7 technology support and contingency plans (additional loss and theft insurance options)